Archive for October, 2011

  • Trick or treat?

    Posted by on October 31, 2011

    Today is Halloween. All over North America, in the UK, and in other countries, children will be knocking on the doors of nearby houses saying “Trick or Treat!” in the hope that they will be given sweets (if in the UK) or candy (in North America). And people will put candles inside grinning, hollowed out […]

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  • Weirdest subcultural English word

    Posted by on October 31, 2011

    This month we’ve been looking into the murky world of subcultural English. As we did last month, we’ve asked our wonderful guest bloggers to answer a question on the topic and have put their answers in a single post for your enjoyment. The question was: ‘What’s the weirdest subcultural English word you’ve heard and what […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 28th October, 2011

    Posted by on October 28, 2011

    This post contains a selection of links related to recent language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to […]

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  • How Australian plants got their names

    Posted by on October 28, 2011

    This week’s ‘language in new media’ post brings you a new radio fragment from ABC’s Radio Australia. In earlier broadcasts, the origins of koala and well-known local flora, such as acacia and wattle, were explained. In this excerpt, Susan Butler, Editor of The Macquarie Dictionary, explains how Australian plants like boronia, pittosporum and melaleuca got […]

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  • Acting up – and down

    Posted by on October 27, 2011

    Following on from Ben Trawick-Smith’s post earlier in the week, freelance author and lexicographer Andrew Delahunty continues the discussion of the sublanguage of theatre. ____________ I’m a member of an amateur theatre group. Drama is, of course, all about language, the words of the play. But there is also a particular variety of language used […]

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  • Open Dictionary word of the week: cheapuccino

    Posted by on October 27, 2011

    cheapuccino (noun) low-quality, inexpensive cappuccino, e.g. from a vending machine I didn’t have time to have proper lunch, so I bought some snacks and cheapuccino at a gas station. (Submitted by Monika Dołęga from Poland) Times have changed. From what I can tell, the cheapuccino has emerged as a result of trying to cut costs […]

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  • Language tip of the week: right

    Posted by on October 25, 2011

    In this weekly microblog, we bring to English language learners more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary. These tips are based on areas of English (e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, etc) which learners often find difficult. This week’s language tip is about the noun right. When the noun right means ‘something that you are morally or […]

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  • Theatre-speak

    Posted by on October 25, 2011

    Subcultural English month continues with a guest post by Ben Trawick-Smith from Dialect Blog. Ben began his dialect fascination while working in theatre. He has worked as an actor, playwright, director, critic and dialect coach. Other passions include linguistics, urban development, philosophy and film. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington, in the USA. […]

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  • Caught in a webinar

    Posted by on October 24, 2011

    Many neologisms come to us from science and technology, where perpetual cycles of discoveries and developments create a constant need for new terminology. I examined one of them, the familiar blog, a few weeks ago, after several Macmillan Dictionary Blog contributors selected it as their favourite “online English” word. Another one worth a closer look […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 21st October, 2011

    Posted by on October 21, 2011

    This post contains a selection of links related to recent language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to […]

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